40 Hours Devotion 2023

The Port Elizabeth Oratory of St Bernadette’s Parish invites you to participate in the annual Forty Hours Devotion which takes place at our church in 8th Avenue, Walmer, from Friday 27 October until Sunday 29 October. During this time, the Blessed Sacrament will be continuously and solemnly exposed upon the altar. Scheduled devotions such as the rosary and confession are available to the Faithful throughout the weekend, but all are invited to come along at any time that the church is open to spend time in reverend prayer with the Lord.



17:30 Opening Solemn Mass & Eucharistic Procession

Exposition begins after Mass 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament continues throughout the night


05:00 Dawn Mass

08:30 Mass for Peace

12:30 Rosary

15:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet

17:30 Benediction

18:00 Vigil Mass for Sunday

00:00 Church Doors Close

Exposition suspended from midnight on Saturday until Sunday morning


05:00 Blessed Sacrament Exposed 

07:00 First Mass of the Day

08:30 Mass

10:00 Extraordinary Form Mass 

11:30 Rosary (Latin)

12:30 Rosary

15:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet

17:30 Solemn Benediction and Reposition

(18:00 Mass)

What does the Devotion entail?

Exposition is continuous, from Friday evening to Sunday evening. It is only suspended during Masses and from Saturday midnight to Sunday 05:00. The sacrament of confession will be continuously available throughout the Forty Hours, suspended only during Masses and from Friday midnight – 5:30am Saturday morning. All are welcome to attend for as long or as short as desired. If possible, it would be good to spend some time in devotion on each of the three days. The opening Mass on Friday at 5.30pm is a particularly solemn and moving celebration in which all are warmly invited to participate.